A MAN who broke his girlfriend’s collarbone when he pushed her over during a row has been spared jail.
The woman could see bone sticking out through her skin after the attack at Dean Barrow’s South Shields home in August.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim was left with a 6-in scar following surgery to the injury and needed physiotherapy.
Barrow, of Rembrandt Avenue, South Shields, admitted causing grievous bodily harm.
The 43-year-old was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 150 hours unpaid work and supervision. He must stay away from his victim under the terms of a restraining order and pay her £250 compensation.
Mr Recorder Steven Coupland told Barrow: “It is clear at some stage she struck you. What you should have done is turn your back and walk away, it should have ended there.
“You didn’t do that.
“You chose to lash out, slap her once, causing her to fall over.
“I accept entirely you did not intend to cause serious injury, which is what she got.
“Courts do not tolerate people beating up women at home. It is wrong and you know it is wrong. The normal sentence is a prison term for as long as the judge can pass.”
The judge said he accepted the attack was a “one-off” incident, and Barrow does not have a history of violence.
Jane Foley, defending, said the couple split after the incident and there has been no trouble since.
Miss Foley added: “This was an isolated incident in the context of a heated argument between two people who had been drinking.
“He slapped her, she fell and sustained unpleasant injury.”
Miss Foley said Barrow does not have a history of assaulting previous partners, and has been in no trouble at all for seven years.